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things like close guantanamo bay and end torture, gave very important speeches in osloy and cairo, and, yet, four years later, the opinion of america and things american improved here and there, but not to the degree of which a lot of people, including people in the administration expected them to in this period of time. if you look at the global attitudes index, for instance, the most recent one, and it's in negative territory, in the he's, china, india, and about the only things that the rest of the world likes about america are movie, tv, science, and technology. they are not keen on the democracy, as least as america preaches it. heading now into another four years of the obama administration where are we, and why are we here, and how do we get somewhere else? how do we live up to that promise? what went wrong? what's going right? what can we do about it going forward? >> simple. [laughter] well, fist of all, i don't think that favorability ratinging in the surveys are evidence of whether we are doing something wrong or right, and it's a huge mistake for anybody who practices publi
it for the figure -- first time. last, as an overall lesson, as much as words matter, whether it's the cairo speech delivered in 2009 or your repeated and important declarations on prevention of iran's nuclear capabilities, actions matter most. don't mistake the former for the latter, and, today, i just have to step out of my role for a moment because as a historian, today's the anniversary of my favorite ever presidential statement on the middle east. sen -- seventy years ago, there was a middle east. just imagine a president saying this. praise be unto you in the name of the god the compassionate, the merciful, oh, ye muslims, may the blessings of god be upon you. it's a great day for you because, behold, we, the american, holy warriors arrived, come here to fight the great jihad of freedom. we have come to set you free. today is the 70th anniversary of the landing on north africa. imagining an american president praisihe great jihad of american freedom once again. [laughter] we don't remember that because words mean so much less than actions. all right. if those are three broad lessons, what are
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